FED­ERAL HST LOAD MADE FOR SHORT-BAR­RELED GUNS

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - THE AR­MORY -

Though I like the power and track record of the .357 Mag­num, I have to ad­mit that in a short-bar­reled re­volver, I’m more apt to load it with .38 Spe­cial +P ammo for both prac­tice and carry as it’s much eas­ier to con­trol shot to shot.

The Fed­eral Pre­mium .38 Spe­cial +P 130-grain load is an es­pe­cially good one. It’s un­usual in that its hol­low­point bul­let sits en­tirely within the shell case like a tar­get wad­cut­ter. But this load is def­i­nitely not a wad­cut­ter, and it’s pur­ported to dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand re­li­ably when fired from short-bar­reled hand­guns.

In fir­ing it through the S&W Model 66, I no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in muz­zle flash com­pared to other loads I fired and it was very con­trol­lable in the K-frame snub­bie. An­other ad­van­tage is that I can use the same ammo when I’m car­ry­ing my J-frame Model 60 .38.

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